Greetings,

We are excited to share Part II of IEF’s 2022 palette of projects for elephant conservation! Without you none of this is possible! There are 9 more projects to learn about in this eNewsletter, adding to the 8 we already told you about. That means there are 6 more to come in our third installment, so stay tuned!

Asian Elephant Projects

All elephants need our help. With population numbers of Asian elephants at 50,000 – about 90% fewer than African elephants – we must address those issues impacting their long-term sustainability. Due to the increasing human population, the majority of Asian elephants live in fragmented habitats competing for land and resources with humans. That’s why you will see so many of our projects addressing things like law enforcement, and helping people protect their homes and crops from elephants while working toward peaceful coexistence through education programs as it is the people and communities who live alongside elephants who will be the ones to determine their fate. Here are the projects we hope will help secure the future for Asian elephants:

Community Based Elephant Conservation, Nepal: Building on previous conservation efforts in the region, Rapid Response Teams are mobilized to prevent and respond to incidents of wildlife damage, maintain barrier fences, and educate communities.

Conservation Response Units (CRUs) in the Northern Sumatra Landscape: Conservation Response Units composed of wildlife officers, trained elephants, and their mahouts work together to patrol and protect the fragmented habitat of the critically endangered Sumatran elephant in this critical region.

Tongis and Conservation Education for Fringe Villages of Kaziranga National Park, India: To help reduce damage and improve crop yields, tongis or lookout points are being built in villages to help farmers protect their crops from raiding wild elephants. Interactive conservation education is also being provided to those communities to encourage their partnership in protecting Asian elephants.

Elephant Conservation in Koshi Tappu and Surrounding Landscape in Eastern Nepal: Dedicated elephant response teams are responding to incidents of human-elephant conflict, and helping increase community tolerance towards elephants while strengthening peaceful co-existence.

Elephant Protection through Strengthened Capacity and Community Engagement in Cambodia: Teachers and youth are delivering wildlife protection lessons and activities, engaging with rural communities on how to be good environmental stewards including reducing and ultimately eliminating the supply and demand for illegal wildlife products including ivory.

Elephant Response Units (ERUs) (aka CRUs) in Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra: ERU teams will patrol hot spots and vital border areas to herd wild elephants away from crop fields and homes, protecting what may be the largest remaining connected breeding herd of Sumatran elephants.

Emergency Elephant Response Units (EERUs) in Myanmar: Based on the successful CRU/ERU programs in Sumatra, the EERUs are working to prevent negative interactions between people and elephants, protect wild elephants from poachers, and stop wildlife crime.

Enhancing Elephant Connectivity and Safety in Tea Estates: Community engagement with the many tea estates around the elephant habitat of Kaziranga will help minimize conflict by protecting elephant migration routes and teaching people safe coexistence practices.

Promoting Human Elephant Coexistence among Communities in Odisha, India: Elephant Coexistence and Conservation Educators are trained to teach communities with high incidents of elephant caused damage how to live with elephants safely in order to promote peaceful coexistence and good harvests.